After four days of the Donegal Camino, there’s still plenty of hiking to do before the final day on Saturday.
Peggy Stringer founded the Donegal Camino in 2020 and has been a great opportunity to promote our beloved county of Donegal as well as raise awareness and garner much needed funds for Cancer Care West.
Day 1 began with a challenging and rewarding loop walk on the beautiful Urris Hills in Inishowen. It was a great opener to get everyone walking and talking while taking in breath taking views of Lough Swilly.
The day culminated in a transfer with Lough Swilly Ferry to Fanad Pennisula and on to Carrigart for an overnight at the Donegal Boardwalk Resort with dinner in Hooked Restaurant. Day 2 was the stunning Rossguill Penninsula between Fanad and Horn Head. Walkers stayed overnight at the Wild Atlantic Camp in Creeslough with dinner in Rose’s Bar and Kitchen.
Muckish Mountain, the third highest peak Derryveagh Mountains at, 667m high, with its uniquely flat peak was the feature of day 3. Known for the “miners path” the views are spectacular at the top and it’s also a fitting pilgrimage mountain for many hikers.
The midweek point of Day 4, the Donegal Camino went off shore on an island mystery tour to Gola Island with a beach walk, and a chance to have a dip in the sea and enjoy some water sports. After a fun day the Donegal Camino return to the mainland for an overnight in the Highland Hotel in Glenties with Dinner in the Thatch.
For the second part of the weeks walking, the Donegal Camino will take walkers closer to the south of the county. The 5th day, today, takes in a stunning area of conservation with the beautiful sand dunes, lakes, marsh and unspoilt Sheskinmore Nature Reserve north west of the heritage town of Ardara.
The Donegal Camino will then base itself for two nights in the Central Hotel in Donegal town with dinner in Biddy O’Barnes on Thursday and in the Market House in the Abbey Hotel on Friday evening.
Friday the 9th of September, walkers are in for another treat the beautiful Donegal Bluestacks. At it’s foothills is the Clogher and Disert Valley walk which combines both bogland and road for a moderate 4 hour walk. A return coach is available to bring walkers to and from the start and finish points.
The highest sea cliffs in Europe, Slieve League in South West Donegal will be a fitting climax and finale to the 2022 Donegal Camino. Breath taking scenery which brings walkers on the Pilgrim Path, a combination of track and bog which leads to the amazing One Man’s Path before reaching the summit and completing the 2022 Donegal Camino.
This is certain to be both the adrenaline and emotional climax of what has been and will be a fantastic week of hiking the hills and byways of Donegal.
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